Monday, March 14, 2011

Birthday worthy race results!


Rocking my St. Patty's Gear for the Leprechaun Chase


On Saturday I did the Leprechaun Chase. When I signed up for this race I had a goal time in mind, 6.2 in under an hour. On Friday when I saw the weather (20 mph winds) I thought that maybe it wasn't going to be a good day for a goal pace, then I saw the course and how insanely hilly it was and I was pretty sure a goal day was not going to occur today. At the start line, I got nervous. The kind of nervous where I wasn't worried about my goal time, I was worried about acutally finishing the race. I have no idea why I got so nervous, I have run 6.2 miles before on numerous occassions.....but sitting at the start line I worried I wouldn't finish. Then I looked up, and saw two of my TEAM-mates! Instantly my nerves were gone. I was suddenly just going to go for a jog with the TEAM, no pressure, just my regular Saturday routine.
The gun went off and we headed out. Instantly we were greeted with hills and some off road running. I focused on staying steady and strong, told myself not to worry about the time, it was a tough course, stay strong. As I crossed the finish line I looked up.....AND I DID IT!! Woot Woot! I hit my goal!! Offical results:

Time: 57:48
Pace: 9.21
Age Division: 53/142
Gender Division: 522/872

I proceeded to enjoy the green beer after party. I have to say it was a super fun race. Everyone was dressed up. The costume contest was awesome! A girl won the overall race so every lady got a free beer!!

For my birthday Dave got me a new pair of Vibram Five Fingers. These are much more low profile then my bright blue ones! They feel amazing.

5 comments:

Rochelle said...

That's so awesome! Way to go! Always nice to get better than you expect especially with bad weather.

Happy Frog and I said...

Congratulations, that is such good news. I am very impressed indeed. :-)

Julie said...

WTG!!! Sounds like a fun time! Love the new Vibrams. I'm not sure any Vibrams can actually be "low profile" yet. But I'm sure seeing more and more people wearing them!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

WOO-HOO!! That's awesome Nikki! GREAT JOB on killing your goal in less than ideal conditions!

Nikki Kendall said...

@ Rochelle and Ms. Froggy: Thanks!

@ Julie: you're right, they aren't exactly low profile shoes, but more white than neon blue helps ;)

@ Jess: Thanks!!